you carry home in your heart everywhere
seeking a place to pitch your tent
but the world has no place for your kind
they shoo, spit and spurn
vile words into hate garments.
home is now an empty shell
that you carry around
a relic dangling on your neck
rattling your bones
whispering: the world is not
worthy of you
Tope Ogundare is a Nigerian poet, short story writer, and psychiatrist. He has previously been published in Kalahari Review, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, Brittle Paper, DASH, Pilcrow and Dagger.